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[ri-moov] /rɪˈmuv/
verb (used with object), removed, removing.
to move from a place or position; take away or off:
to remove the napkins from the table.
to take off or shed (an article of clothing):
to remove one's jacket.
to move or shift to another place or position; transfer:
She removed the painting to another wall.
to put out; send away:
to remove a tenant.
to dismiss or force from a position or office; discharge:
They removed him for embezzling.
to take away, withdraw, or eliminate:
to remove the threat of danger.
to get rid of; do away with; put an end to:
to remove a stain; to remove the source of disease.
to kill; assassinate.
verb (used without object), removed, removing.
to move from one place to another, especially to another locality or residence:
We remove to Newport early in July.
to go away; depart; disappear.
the act of removing.
a removal from one place, as of residence, to another.
the distance by which one person, place, or thing is separated from another:
to see something at a remove.
a mental distance from the reality of something as a result of psychological detachment or lack of experience:
to criticize something at a remove.
a degree of difference, as that due to descent, transmission, etc.:
a folk survival, at many removes, of a druidic rite.
a step or degree, as in a graded scale.
British. a promotion of a pupil to a higher class or division at school.
Origin of remove
1250-1300; Middle English removen (v.) < Old French remouvoir < Latin removēre. See re-, move
Related forms
preremove, verb (used with object), preremoved, preremoving.
1. dislodge. 3. displace, transport. 8. murder.
1. leave. 9. remain. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for remove


verb (mainly transitive)
to take away and place elsewhere
to displace (someone) from office; dismiss
to do away with (a grievance, cause of anxiety, etc); abolish
to cause (dirt, stains, or anything unwanted) to disappear; get rid of
(euphemistic) to assassinate; kill
(intransitive) (formal) to change the location of one's home or place of business: the publishers have removed to Mayfair
the act of removing, esp (formal) a removal of one's residence or place of work
the degree of difference separating one person, thing, or condition from another: only one remove from madness
(Brit) (in certain schools) a class or form, esp one for children of about 14 years, designed to introduce them to the greater responsibilities of a more senior position in the school
(at a formal dinner, formerly) a dish to be changed while the rest of the course remains on the table
Derived Forms
removable, adjective
removability, removableness, noun
removably, adverb
remover, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French removoir, from Latin removēre; see move
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Word Origin and History for remove

early 14c., "move, take away, dismiss," from Old French removoir "move, stir; leave, depart; take away," from Latin removere "move back or away, take away, put out of view, subtract," from re- "back, away" (see re-) + movere "to move" (see move (v.)). Related: Removed; removing.


1550s, "act of removing," from remove (v.). Sense of "distance or space by which any thing is removed from another" is attested from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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